SanDisk to ramp up its R&D centre in India

by Manu Sharma    Mar 12, 2010

SanDisk is ramping up its R&D centre in India for its worldwide IT operations so that over the next five years the centre will emerge as a Centre of Excellence. The development centre in India, located in Bangalore has been operational since 2006 and has about 150 support engineers for its integrated projects like memory and controller design.

Talking to CXOtoday at an ISA event in Bangalore, Eli Harari, chairman & CEO of SanDisk Corp said, "India is huge growing market and we see a lot of potential from our development centre in Bangalore. As India is to emerge as the global economic leader along with China and USA, we would like to see that our India development centre will emerge as our Centre of Excellence over the next five years."

SanDisk’s other Centres of Excellence are based in Israel, Scotland, Japan and the USA. The company also has teams of process/device/design engineers at semiconductor fabrication plants co-operated with Toshiba in Japan.

Harari, together with Sanjay Mehrotra, founded SanDisk in 1988 in Milpitas. The company with revenues of about $4 billion and is a global supplier of flash memory data storage products. SanDisk’s USB flash drives and cards are used in digital devices including cameras and mobile phones to store pictures, music, videos, games and other data.

The centre in the beginning was concentrating on projects involving NAND memory, USB drives and MP3 players and today can do all parts of memory design, he said.

The Bangalore centre has compatibility labs to check that the cards work flawlessly with all the handset models from around the world. It plans to make its India operation a diverse entity by bringing in functions like management information systems, finance support centre, customer support centre etc.

"Going forward with the kind of software talent available here, I feel India can also play a major role in creating the technology to manage the numerous cloud farms that are emerging," he adds.